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Rozell Et Benchmark

Fueled by burgers at Rozel Point the intrepid Cheeseburger Summiteers walked through bug infested lands to the next objective:  Rozell Et Benchmark. At times we were unsure of the direction but we found that someone (or something) had thoughtfuly placed a cairn along the way to point us in the right direction.  

We continued to the high point of the knoll and found our marker and enjoyed another burger, satisfied that we had done our sacred duty in adding to the list of completed Cheeseburger Summits.

Landscape Art at Rozel Point

On a hike to Mount Wire earlier in the week Kamadhenu, Sierra and Groundround decided a trip to the Spiral Jetty was in order.  Back in 1970 Robert Smithson created the Spiral Jetty out of black basalt boulders at Rozel Point Utah.  A quick check of the surroundings and we found it just so happens that the Spiral Jetty is located beneath TWO Cheeseburger Summits!!  

Well now!   Burgers were made and the trip was underway.  The Jetty is about 110 miles from Salt Lake City and very close to the Golden Spike National Monument.  Apon arrival we walked the Jetty then headed up the trail a 1/2 mile to our first summit of the day.  Then on to the next...

March Idaho Adventure

A marvelous March adventure to the dome at Twin Lakes, Idaho.... Skiing at Pebble Creek, soaking at Lava Hot Springs, but our adventure needed a cheeseburger summit to complete the trifecta of fun. Groundround and our host Chuck poured over the maps and identified a few peaks that might be winter accessible by a hike or snowshoe. We headed off down lonely dirt roads, looking for access, but we were thwarted at every turn. It would appear that "NO TRESPASSING" is the state sign of Idaho. The roads along the farm fields and ranch lands surrounding our targets were completely and professionally posted with no trespassing signs, so we headed off for other adventures. 

After a lovely day walking the Oneida Narrows and soaking at Maple Grove Hot Springs, Sierra, groundround and I decided that on the way home we would make one last effort to find an accessible peak. Driving a bit out of our way to Franklin, Idaho, we found the access road to Little Mountain. The road was blocked by a locked gate, but there was not a single "No trespassing" sign anywhere to be found. We decided that gateswere meant to keep out vehicles, not intrepid cheeseburger summiteers, so over the gate and up the hill we went. After a fairly short yet steep hike we found ourselves on the summit enjoying tasty cheeseburgers and spectacular views of the southern Idaho countryside.


Little Mountain from a distance.

Mount Gilboa. Bloomington, MN

Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area might only have 150' of vertical, but (most importantly) it has a named peak atop its chairlift.   Priorities. 

Mount Simon. Eau Claire, WI

As 2013 nears it's conclusion, I couldn't help but feel that I was leaving it somewhat unaccomplished.  After spending the better part of the holidays dwelling on all of the coulda-shoulda-woulda, I finally realized what was missing.  

Hastily, I assembled my crew and gear and took off for Eau Claire, WI: The home of Mount Simon.  This was what I had been missing all along.  

As we arrived at the trailhead, the sun was making it's final move below the horizon, leaving us with a dark and snowy ascent to redemption.  

  Higher and higher we climbed, leaving behind the sounds of some dingus doing hot laps in his front yard with a snowmobile.  Glory was soon to be ours as we ascended over rock outcroppings and snow drifts.  

Is that the Hillary Step?


At last, the deed was done.  2013 can now be chalked up as a smashing success.  

See you in 2014!

The Large Axe

Another summit cheeseburger in Lanzarote!  Details and photos to come later. For now, read this:


I ate a cheeseburger on this summit today. Details and photos to come later when I'm not on a mobile phone. 

Federal Hill

I traveled to Baltimore, MD for a conference. On the last day in town I snuck away with a couple of friends to explore the city. What better way to go exploring than to find a nearby summit? I was excited when the Magic Mountain Finder showed a summit within walking distance of our conference. We hopped on the water taxi and stopped at Fells Point, one of the oldest deep-water ports in Baltimore’s harbor.  We explored the area and found a local’s favorite burger place. We stopped for a beer and planned to take our burgers to go. The burgers looked so good that the others couldn’t resist eating immediately. I resisted the temptation and placed my burger in its tidy to-go box. We hopped back on the water taxi and headed towards our destination, Federal Hill.


My grumbling stomach was thankful for the short and easy walk to the peak. I quickly snapped the picture and devoured my burger. Although my friends did not eat their burger on the hill, they were happy they joined me in the adventure. It was an excellent way to end a wonderful trip.

A "Historical" Summit

From Flagstaff Hill in Boston Common, I took a short walk over to Government Center, where according to the map, Pemberton Hill summit was located.  This is labelled as a Historical Summit.  I'm not sure what that means, but Pemberton Hill is certainly not impressive from an elevation standpoint.  Hard to tell where the highest point is located, as construction has changed the topography completely. Still, I ate my second cheeseburger on the sidewalk outside of a convenience store across the street from the MBTA subway station, and crossed this summit off the list.


Upon further investigation, I now undertand why this is a "historical summit".  There was once a hill here, but it was cut down, as described here:

As befits a historical summit, here is a historical image. 

I imagine that this summit predates the actual invention of the cheeseburger.

Flagstaff Hill in the Dark

In my hometown of Boston for the American Society of Human Genetics meeting, I arrived back in my hotel room on Tremont St. after dark and decided to try a couple of downtown summits.  My first stop was the MacDonalds in Chinatown, where I picked up a 2 pack of cheeseburgers and headed to Boson Common.  It was easy to find Flagstaff Hill, as it was clearly the highest point in the park, and the monument at the top was illuminated by the flashing  blue lights of a couple of Boston motorcycle policemen rousting what appeared to be a group of transients.  I was, however, able to climb up on the opposite side and consume my first cheeseburger without being noticed.  From there I slinked downhill to find the next summit near Government Center.  Sadly, I have no picture of this triumph due to the lack of light.  However, I was able to locate this picture on the internet.